Goddess Narmada (river) (history) information (facts)

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Just before moving towards to know about “Goddess Narmada (river) (history) information (facts)“, let us know few basic and important information.

The descent of Narmada: Explaining the reason why Narmada had to descend down to earth, Sutaji narrated a tale to the assembled sages:

Once, Maharishi (Sage) Markandeya was taking rest at the bank of river Narmada where Yudhishthira accompanied by Draupadi Devi arrived there.

Yudhishthira curiously asked Maharishi (Sage Markandeya) about the reason he had chosen the bank of Narmada as his resting place when there were so many other holy places of greater significance.

Maharishi (Sage) Markandeya recounted a tale, which said how some Rishis (Sages) had requested King Pururava to bring down river Narmada to the earth.

(Please see the below image to know who is Maharishi Markandeya.)

This was done, so that the whole world becomes liberated from its sins.

List of Goddess Narmada (river) (history) information (facts) are as given below:

Narmada capable of giving liberation

Pururava did an austere penance

Lord Shiva instructed Narmada to descend to earth

Lord Shiva informed Parayanka to hold Narmada

Parayanka holded Narmada

Narmada minimized her size

Narmada instructed Pururava to do tarpana

Pururava liberated his ancestors

Narmada bathe is equal to Ashwamedha yagna

Narmada marries Purukutsu

Devatas requested Narmada for her divine touch

Purukutsu requested Narmada to liberate his ancestors

Manu receives a boon from Narmada

And many more as given below…

Describing the holiness of Goddess Narmada (river), Rishis (Sages) had told Pururava the following:

Narmada capable of liberation : The holy Narmada is capable of liberating the whole world from its sin.

So, you should find means, so that Narmada descends down to earth.

Pururava did an austere penance : Later on, Pururava did an austere tapas / penance to please Lord Shiva.

When Lord Shiva appeared before him, Pururava expressed his wish.

Lord Shiva instructed Narmada to descend to earth : Lord Shiva instructed Narmada to descend down to earth, but she told him that she needed a base for that to happen.

Lord Shiva informed Parayanka to hold Narmada : Lord Shiva then informed Parayanka, that is –

The son of Vindhyachala mountain to hold Narmada while she descended down to earth.

Parayanka holded Narmada : Parayanka agreed to do hold Narmada and this was how river Narmada came down on earth.

Narmada minimized her size : Initially, the whole world was flooded with the waters of Narmada, but at the request of the Devatas (Demigods) Narmada river minimized her size.

Narmada instructed Pururava to do tarpana : Narmada blessed Pururava and instructed him to perform the rituals of Tarpana (Pitru Paksha) in the name of his ancestors.

So that his ancestors became liberated from their sins.

Pururava liberated his ancestors : Pururava complied and thus by performing tarpana, liberated all his ancestors.

Narmada bathe is equal to Ashwamedha yagna : Having finished his tale, Maharishi (Sage) Markandeya told Yudhishthira that –

One who takes a holy dip in Narmada river attains virtues similar to that of performing Ashwamedha yagya.

Narmada marries Purukutsu : Maharishi (Sage) Markandeya says: O Yudhishthira!

King Purutkutsu was Samudra (Ocean) (Lord Varuna) in his previous birth and had been cursed by Brahma.

Devatas requested Narmada for her divine touch : The descent of Narmada on earth made the Devatas (Demigods) extremely delighted.

And all the Devatas (Demigods) requested Narmada to give them the privilege of experiencing her divine touch.

But, Narmada refused to give them that privilege on the pretext that she was still unmarried and it would not be proper for her to do so.

All the Devatas (Demigods) then requested Goddess Narmada to become the consort of Purukutsu (Lord Varuna avatar) to which she agreed.

This way, Goddess Narmada (river) married Purutkusu.

Purukutsu requested Narmada to liberate his ancestors : After getting married, Purukutsu requested her to liberate (Moksha) his ancestors, so that they could attain to heaven.

Goddess Narmada (river) readily obliged, and this way Purutkutsu contributed in his ancestors’ departure to higher planets.

Manu receives a boon from Narmada : Maharishi (Sage) Markandeya saysManu ruled over Ayodhya during Swayambhuva manvantara.

One day, while Manu was going to sleep, he heard a peculiar sound, as if numerous small bells were ringing.

Manu was perplexed and could not ascertain the cause of that sound, so he asked Maharshi Vashishtha about this.

Maharshi Vashishtha made a revelation by which Manu was startled.

Maharshi Vashishtha told Manu: There is a holy place called ‘Tripuri‘ situated at the bank of river Narmada.

The sound that you heard last night emanated from the small bells attached to number of aircraft kept on the roofs of the residences of such people who are virtuous.

O king! Only Goddess Narmada (river) is capable of giving salvation to lowly of sinners.

Manu was highly impressed and decided to go to Tripuri along with his whole clan.

All of them took holy dips in the Narmada river and became liberated from all their sins.

Manu performed a grand Yagya at the bank of Narmada to which all the Rishi (Sages) and hermits were invited.

Goddess Narmada became pleased by Manu’s devotion and expressed her willingness to fulfill any wish that Manu desired.

Manu requested her help in bringing down Ganga and other holy rivers to earth.

Narmada blessed him and said:

In the first half of ‘Treta Yuga‘, one of your descendants named Bhagiratha will accomplish this great feat of bringing down holy Ganga to earth.

In the second half of the same era, other holy rivers like Kalindi (Yamuna), Saraswati, Sarayu, and Mahabhaga will also manifest themselves.

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